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Date Released: 11/6/2005
Subject: Attempted Murder Arrest
Contact: Brenda Gainey, PIO
Case No#: 200506741
Released By: Brenda Gainey

Location: Eureka

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Eureka man early this morning after he aimed a gun at a Deputy during a struggle and threatened to kill him. Shortly after midnight this morning, a Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a patrol stop at the intersection of Myrtle and Pennsylvania Avenues. The Deputy discovered that the passenger in the vehicle, Steve Gary Dinsmore, 31, had an active warrant. Two additional Deputies in the area responded to the scene to assist. Dinsmore was told of his warrant and was asked to exit the vehicle. As he stepped out of the car he attempted to run. Sheriff’s Deputies were able to take hold of Dinsmore and take him to the ground where Dinsmore continued to fight with Deputies. During the struggle a Deputy saw that Dinsmore had a handgun tucked in the waist of his pants, in the small of his back. The Deputy yelled, “Gun!” to alert the other two officers and he grabbed the gun out of Dinsmore’s waistband.

Sheriff’s Deputies ordered Dinsmore to put his hands behind his back but Dinsmore continued to resist. As Dinsmore fought with the three Deputies he pulled out a second handgun. He pointed the gun one of the Deputies and threatened to shoot him if the other Deputies did not allow him to leave. One Deputy was able to grab the gun and keep Dinsmore from firing the weapon. The Deputy held onto the gun, with his hand wedged between the hammer and the slide, which kept the gun from firing. Dinsmore still held onto the gun as the Deputy pinned Dinsmore’s hand (and the gun) to the ground. Dinsmore continued to fight as additional officers arrived on the scene, whereupon he was taken into custody. Subsequent to his arrest, he was found to be in possession of 0.7 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Sheriff’s Deputies recovered two guns at the scene: a .40 caliber handgun and a .50 caliber handgun, both loaded with a round in the chamber.

Four Sheriff’s Deputies sustained minor injuries during the incident. Dinsmore was treated and released at a local hospital for minor injuries. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for:
attempted murder, assault with a firearm on a peace office, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, resisting an executive officer, threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize, and possession of a controlled substance. Dinsmore’s bail has been set at $500,000.00 and he is expected to be arraigned by Wednesday.